- 2 oz. Pierre Ferrand Cognac (I used Ambre. But the 1840 is also very good for this cocktail)
- 1 cube of brown sugar
- 5-7 dashes of toasted pecan bitters
- Orange zest for garnish
Grab yourself a doubled old fashioned glass. Put the brown sugar cube in and soak with 5-7 dashes of toasted pecan bitters (I made mine by you can purchase it if need be). Allow the cube to soak for a few moments. Use a muddler and mash the crap out of the sugar cube until what's left is a pasty brown syrup. Add your 2 oz. of Cognac at this point. Pop in a cube of ice (I got sphere ice molds for a Christmas gift so I utilized a piece of sphere ice here) and stir about 40-45 times. As always, make sure the condensation appears on the outside of the glass. Take a piece of orange zest, squeeze the oils from the rind into the beverage and wipe the rim of the glass with the actual zest. Place on the rim for an aromatic effect. Voila, enjoy this lovely variation on the classic Old Fashioned.
Dominant Flavors: Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac has aromas of fruit so it's light and aromatic
Flavor Intricacy: Medium
Contrast Flavor: Nuttiness/Savory-ness from the Pecan bitters
Finish: Sweet and nutty
Recommendation: Though the description depicts this drink as a bit "sweet," it's actually quite boozy. Definitely for those people who like bourbon drinks and aren't afraid to taste it
Happy New Year everyone. Hopefully this'll be a start to a chain of different drinks to come. Please stay tuned and I'll be around, for sure.